Submitted by the PHC Pandemic Response Team 

Providence Health Care has a number of Enhanced Surveillances and Outbreaks that the PHC Pandemic Response Team is currently managing with operational and site leads, in partnership with Public Health. Enhanced cleaning, stringent IPAC and PPE protocols and monitoring and testing of staff and patients continue in all affected areas.

Below is a complete list of all current situations, with more detailed updates on St. Paul’s, MSJ and Holy Family Rehab further below.

Please be aware that this is an evolving situation, and the information below represents what is known at the time of publication.    

Current Acute:  

  • Outbreak: Unit 5A, 5B, 6B, 7C, and 8A, St. Paul’s Hospital  
  • Enhanced Surveillance: Unit 7D, St. Paul’s Hospital 
  • Outbreak:  3C Medicine Unit, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
  • Outbreak: Holy Family Rehab 1 and 2 
  • Enhanced Surveillance: 10D, Palliative Care, St. Paul’s Hospital

Current Long Term Care:

  • Enhanced Surveillance: Second and Third Floors, Youville Residence 

Recently Declared Over:

  • CSICU Outbreak, St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Enhanced Surveillance: Unit 4E, Geriatric Psychiatric Medicine

St. Paul’s Outbreaks Update:

St. Paul’s Hospital currently has the following outbreak areas, with a total of 30 patients and 39 staff diagnosed with COVID to date. They are:


  • Outbreak declared on January 10: 17 patients, 33 staff to date
  • CSICU Outbreak declared over Jan 28
  • Unit 5B Outbreak expected to be declared over Jan 30, re-opening next week


  • Outbreak declared on January 20: 5 patients, 4 staff to date
  • All patients have been transferred off the unit; unit to undergo terminal clean to be readied for reopening in the coming days.


  • Outbreak declared on January 22: 4 patients, 0 staff to date
  • All positive patients have been transferred off unit and the unit is expected to re-open later next week. 


  • Outbreak declared on January 22: 2 patients, 2 staff to date
  • Anticipated to re-open later next week.


  •  2 patients positive, no staff to date

3C - MSJ Outbreak Update:

The Outbreak on 3C was declared January 11. To date six staff and two patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19. There are no COVID-19 patients currently on the unit. 

Apart from 3C, no other units are on outbreak precautions. The period of enhanced surveillance, activated on 4E as a precautionary measure, has been declared over by Public Health.

Holy Family Hospital Rehab 1 and 2:   

  • Holy Family Hospital Rehab 1 and 2:   
  • The Medical Health Officer declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at Holy Family Hospital Rehab January 28 on Units 1 and 2 after one patient tested positive. The patient has been transferred and there are currently no positive patients on site. The units are closed to new admissions and transfers at this time.  
  • Please note that the outbreak is located in the Rehab Unit only; Holy Family long term care is unaffected. 
  • Patients in Rehab1 and 2 are restricted to their rooms and all essential care activities are being provided inside patient rooms. At this time, visitation has been suspended. Out of abundance of caution, Holy Family Hospital Rehab has decided to move many of the outpatient appointments to virtual appointments.

Reminders for All Staff:

  • Please do not consume beverages in the clinical areas at this time.  
  • Refrain from unnecessary or social visits to units other than where you work.   
  • It is essential to maintain physical distancing and proper usage of PPE at all times and in all locations. If it is not possible to maintain 6ft of space during meetings and shift handover, optimize the space available, keep your mask in place and do not eat or drink anything.   
  • If there is less than 6ft between you and your co-worker in your office space, it is not safe to remove your mask. Please leave and find a safe, distanced break area to have your coffee.    
  • Please do not carpool at this time. If this is not an option for you, please make sure you are wearing a mask and the windows are rolled down when in a vehicle.  
  • Do not share any foods, beverages, or common containers such as a coffee pot or a container of cream. Physical distancing and IPAC protocols are especially important in break rooms. Stagger your breaks and obey room occupancy limits. Declutter and disinfect surfaces in break rooms before and after use.   
  • If you have even the slightest of symptoms, please don’t come to work. Get tested and wait for the results. If symptoms develop at work, inform your manager, leave work and get tested at one of the community testing sites.   
  • Even if you have recently tested negative for COVID-19, or have received the vaccine, do not let your guard down. Some people experience temporary symptoms after receiving a vaccine. If you develop any symptoms, even if you have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, please immediately go for testing.   
  • Remember that excellent hand hygiene is important for protecting yourself against COVID-19 and other pathogens. Hand hygiene should be performed: When entering and exiting medical facility, unit, ward, or clinic; before and after patient contact or contact with patient environment; before and after contact with a health-care provider or their work environment; and before donning and during/after doffing PPE.   

Staff Wellness and Mental Health:

You are all working under tremendous pressure and stress. Please know there’s extra help should you need it. Please talk to your supervisor/manager or seek further assistance by contacting Occupational Health & Safety at 604-806-9925 or Homewood Health (new EFAP) at 1-800-663-1142 if you wish to talk to speak to someone about the psychological impact on yourself and/or your family.   

Questions and more information:

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts during this challenging time.    

This page last updated Jan 29, 2021 6:59pm PST